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Village Festival a hit in Ngatangiia

Just Play Football teamed up with the ever supportive Netball Cook Islands, Little Athletics and Cook Islands Cricket to provide an afternoon of basic skills, fun games and keeping active for boys and girls 6-13 years of age.
With a rotational system running for the youngsters they were able to experience the different sporting codes and enjoy all the activities and games on offer.
The health message of eating five fruits and vegetables a day was done with a difference by public health’s nutritionist Karen Tairea who got the youngsters involved in a ‘fruit salad’ musical which caught the attention of the kids which they reiterated throughout the afternoon while doing the activities.
“I am happy at the response from the little ones about eating fruits and vegetables daily and the positive aspects of eating healthy,” says Tairea.
The village festivals continue to gain interest and numbers as they progressively move around all the villages on the island.
“Giving our children more opportunities to be active and improve their lifestyles is what this community initiative is all about.”
Through this new community initiative instigated by the Just Play Project Manager, Michelle Paiti, Cook Islands Football have partnered up with Cook Islands Cricket, Little Athletics, Netball Cook Islands and Cook Islands Rugby and strengthened their partnership with Ministry of Health to assist in improving the lifestyles of our children in the future.
Michelle acknowledges the continued support of the Government of Australia – through its agencies the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

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